Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pp, and Cyprian, B., Mm (16th September, 2016) on the Gospel and the Memorial
1Cor 15:12-20;Ps 16:1.6-8.15. (R. v.15);
Pope Saint Cornelius (251-253) battled among other problems reconciling apostates and schism. Contrary to those who said that they should not be forgiven and those with the opinion that they should be forgiven but without heavy penance, Cornelius decreed that they must be welcomed back and insisted that they perform adequate penance. He was exiled to Civitavecchia where he died a martyr probably of hardships.
Saint Cyprian of Carthage was born to wealthy pagans around the year 190. He was converted at the age of 56, ordained a priest a year later, and made bishop two years after. Cyprian was a close friend of Pope Cornelius. He supported him both against the anti-pope Novatian and in his views concerning the re-admittance of apostates into the Church. He was martyred during the persecutions of Emperor Valerian on September 14, 258.
Topic: Part of it.
Jesus went through cities and villages proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. He was accompanied by the twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities. These women provided for them out of their resources.
When Jesus met Peter, Andrew, James, and John, they were fishermen. He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” They all left everything and followed Him, cf. Matt 4:19,21. 19:27; Mk 1:17,20. 10:28; Lk 5:10b-11. 18:28. Saint Mark summarized the purpose of the twelve, “...he appointed twelve ... to be with him, and to be sent out to preach, cf. Mk 3:14.
The women in today’s gospel were cured of evil spirits and infirmities. On their part, they provided for Jesus and His apostles.
Saint Paul describes the Church as a body, cf. 1Cor 12:12-13. Every part has specific function/s, cf. 1Cor 12:17-19. We are all members of His body, cf. Eph 5:30. And we all have functions. How many of us do theirs? No healthy part of a body is functionless.
Saints Cornelius and Cyprian are good examples. They supported each other in their struggles against all the enemies of the church. We must support one other by doing our respective functions.
Bible Reading: 1Cor 12:12-31.
Thought for today: You have responsibilities.
Let us pray: God help us always to be conscious that we are parts of the Church and to do our duties well – Amen.
Saints Cornelius and Cyprian – Pray for us.
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